Friday, April 28, 2017

Cookie update, etc.

Lots of folks have been asking about Cookie. She's doing fine. I looked at her incisions yesterday and they looked good, no sign of swelling, and no indication that she had been licking them. She acts normally, maybe doesn't understand the activity restriction. I let her outside on her own periodically, but keep her either crated or confined to the kitchen so she isn't doing the stairs.
The focus isn't great on this one. I can't think of
the name of these at the moment, but they are
unusual in that the flowers are hidden, appearing
below the leaves.

No biopsy report yet, maybe, probably, next week. She's eating normally and I haven't seen any more of the mysterious indoor urination, so maybe it was a UTI and the antibiotics have been helping already. Scarlett had been keeping Cookie company in the kitchen quite a bit. The two girls are similar in age and temperament and seemed to enjoy each other's company. Scarlett went back home today, however, but Theo will probably keep Cookie company downstairs. He's been staying down there quite a bit, because it's cooler on that nice tile floor.

Most of the pictures are from recent hikes.

Jack and dogwood blossoms.

Maya, TJ, and Jack. This picture is notable mostly for the
dogs' tails, especially Maya's.

Jack and one of his stupid sticks. This one was a hazard to
any dog walking on his left. I eventually broke it down to
a shorter, and safer, size.

TJ  is still shedding, but I did a big comb out
yesterday and I think we're making progress.

Flowers on the horse chestnut (buckeye) tree in our front yard.

This is my nuc of bees after about a week.

Spotted this out on the trail, some kind of
native rhododendron.

Jack was with us too. He eventually came over
and then jumped back to show Theo how easy it was.
Theo isn't a jumper but he made it.

The recent rains have brought down some trees.
This was blocking the trail. It's actually three tree
trunks that fell down together. I stepped up and 
walked across them. Maya hopped up and followed
me without hesitation. Theo would have preferred
to walk around.

Theo is a good role model for Jack in many ways.

Jack adores Theo. It's a serious
case of hero worship. They bonded
over the tennis balls.

My little girl, the intrepid Maya.
The pretty oak tree at Pleasant Grove with summer foliage.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Black dogs, green grass, and buttercups

Felix went back home late Thursday afternoon. But before he left, I couldn't resist getting him and Gigi together for some pasture time romping through green grass and yellow buttercups. Black dogs can be hard to photograph. They need a pretty and contrasting background.

The first two pics were Felix. He's about 3/4 of Gigi's size.
He has the red collar, she has a black collar with a lot of bling.

A taller yellow flower among the buttercups.

Unbridled joy. I really envy a dog's ability to experience this, and to express it.

Nose to nose. He looked so much like Gigi that I drove
to the shelter to get him the day after I saw him. He's
just the sweetest boy you've ever met.

Finally, the sun

Felix came to stay with us for a few days. Unfortunately, it was raining and he was stuck inside much of the time beng bored along with the rest of us. The sun finally came out again on Wednesday and we got out for a five mile hike.

Maya was happy to be hitting the trails
again too, even though it was getting hot.
Felix enjoys a good roll in the grass.

It was bordering on hot and quite humid, so we made several
water crossings.

Felix lays down in the water like Jack.

One roll was not enough for Felix, he did
it on three separate occasions.
TJ hung in there, but 5 miles
is too much for him in the heat.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Getting Comfortable with Chaos

 Cookie in a crate on her way to the vet.
Things are a little crazy around here even on ordinary days, at least by the standards of one or two dog households. Even without fosters, we are barely under 10 dogs. Add in a couple fosters, Cookie and Jack, and then throw in a couple temporary boarders, Scarlett and as of today, Felix, and we are up to 13 dogs. Cookie had surgery today so the kitchen is her post-op ward. The weather is too lousy to keep many of them outdoors, so the house is pretty full of dogs right now. Wet dogs, muddy dogs, stinky dogs, thanks to the lovely weather we've been having. 
That's Felix being greeted upon his arrival.

But, on the bright side, the rain is finally coming to an end, isn't it? That means I can make better use of the dog yard at least during the day, bringing them in when everyone is tired and ready to sleep at night. Felix and Scarlett are just temps, and they are two of the easiest, so they barely count. When Clay is home I make him keep a couple dogs in the front room where he hangs out. I can put Gigi, and Trooper in the bedroom much of the time, There's four crates in my office. I work on the theory that spreading them out really means there's just two, three, or four dogs in any given location. And yet, as I'm sitting here, there are five dogs gathered around me such that I have to give a warning before I dare to move my chair. Of course, I love it and wouldn't have it any other way.

Since I was going to town to pick up Cookie from the vet, I made a late afternoon appointment for Sparky as well. He was due for his rabies and other vaccines and his annual checkup. He basically checked out ok, but he's nine years old now, so they are sending off some blood work. 

Felix was fostered here, so he's not intimidated by a lot of
shepherds. That's Scarlett, Trooper, and Theo.
Cookie's surgery went well. The biopsy results will tell us more. She's got two incisions, one rather large. She ate dinner this evening though and got her first pills, including a pain reliever, and some antibiotics to treat a possible urinary tract infection, which could explain and resolve the periodic indoor urination she's been doing. She's going to be having a lot of crate time for the next few days at least, but tonight she's quite content with it. 

Felix getting inspected by Maya, Theo, TJ,
Trooper, and Samantha.

Felix and TJ hit it off. They played with each other
when they met and are still at it this evening.

TJ is still spreading husky love (fur) wherever he goes, but
mostly in our house.

Spark at the vet today.

Cookie at my feet while talking to the vet.